My Kaanapali Weekend

This weekend was the Ka’anapali Fresh “a culinary experience” an event featuring the Chefs, Farmers, creative Mixologists, with music performances Saturday by Makana and Spyro Gyro and Sunday by Third Eye Blind.

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My weekend began at the Westin Villas where we checked in for two nights and prepared for our Ag-Tour of Kaanapali Coffee Estate in the morning.

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Here’s my husband Ricky with Akina Tours Bus driver, Herman, who did a wonderful job transporting our group of nearly fifty passengers. Shelley Kekuna (above with me) is the executive director of Kaanapali Resorts. Shelley created this event along with her superb event planner Toni Rojas of Sterling Performance Company. That’s James “Kimo” Falconer on the right. It was great to meet Kimo and learn more about the coffee farm he revived and how we’re making history on Maui in Kaanapali with MauiGrown Coffee.

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It’s an 80 billion dollar industry and the only commodity bigger than coffee is oil. Everyone loved the tour. Dania Katz of @KupuMaui served light wonderful refreshments (chai smoked pork, dragon fruit, pineapple with coconut sprinkles on skewers) as we sampled 100% MauiGrown Coffee. We provided gift bags filled with Kaanapali Estate Coffee, hand-made cards, coffee farm maps, Javalavalavas, and Hawaiian cards by @SoPupuka plus Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazines for each guest. I played ukulele on the drive from the farm to MauiGrown Coffee Company Store and they asked on the way back “Are you gonna pull out that ukulele again?” and I said “I sure am!” and played Island Style, and Paula Fuga’s song for the ride back to Whaler’s Village… It was so much fun.

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It was wonderful to spend time near the water and the first thing I noticed about Kaanapali was the air. Breezy, beautiful afternoons, gorgeous sunsets, lovely mornings take me back to imagining Hawaiians in ancient times here on Maui. I can see why they chose Kaanapali for their Royal place. With plentiful water from four streams coming out of the West Maui Mountains, fertile valleys for taro patches, farmland to plant sweet potatoes (uala), and the most abundant fishing in the waters and streams, it was a perfect place to live.

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Kaanapali is blessed with beauty.

 

Kaanapali Fresh weekend was all about the land, the chefs and farmers, the music and culture, and the coffee.

 

Call us anytime for a tour of the coffee farms or a personalized Up-Country Farm Tour.

 

~ Marilyn

 

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Marilyn Jansen Lopes
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MauiGrown Coffee at Ka`anapali

The famed Maui Mokka, Red Catuai (Cat-Y-ee), and Yellow Caturra

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We’ll be sampling these coffee cherries on the farm tour at K`aanapali Fresh “A Culinary Experience” Saturday September 1, 9 AM- 12PM

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I’ll be giving the history of coffee from its origin in Ethiopia and migration to Yemen where it was first cultivated over a thousand years ago. Do you know how coffee was discovered?

 

That’s Jeff Ferguson above pictured next to a coffee harvester. It’s amazing how the rods spin among the coffee branches to shake the cherries loose where they fall into a hopper and an elevator takes them to the top to be transported by trailer to the mill.

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It’s an amazing story of betrayal, love and legends that have been made about whole crops being destroyed and a single plant creating the future plants of all Central America, Brazil and Hawaii.

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Maui is making history this very moment with our developing region of Ka`anapali where four varieties of coffee that are perfectly suited to the hot, dry conditions of West Maui are thriving. The Maui Mokka, Red Catuai, Yellow Caturra and Typicas, Progeny 502 and 6661 are thriving because of the efforts of James “Kimo” Falconer bringing the coffee plants back to health since they were abandoned in 2001 and left only on continuous irrigation.

 

It’s very exciting to delve deeper into the history of coffee. As I study the information I’m taken on a journey from Ethiopia where coffee is native, 50 miles away across the Red Sea to Yemen where coffee was first cultivated. From Yemen coffee Arabica was taken to the Dutch East Indies in the 1690’s where coffee plants were smuggled out of Arabia Felix (the ancient name for Yemen which means “fortunate Arabia” named for its fertile area). The Port of Al Mokha is actually what the Mokka is named after. The region of its birthplace is Ethiopia but today the Mokka variety is grown in Yemen at 10,000 feet. On Maui it does well at 500 feet above sea level in Ka`anapali.

 

The single coffee plant that barely survived the journey was brought to the New World by a French Army officer to a Martinique plantation and that plant produced the seeds and cuttings that would produce coffee in the Caribbean, Central America, South America and eventually Hawai`i.

 

I love how a French Lieutenant wanted some beans from the Governor of French Guiana ( in South America ) but was turned down, so he sweet talked the Governor’s wife who gave him the beans. Brazil became the producer of a third of the world’s coffee due to the favorable climate.

 

Thirteen hundred years later coffee comes full circle when it returned to Africa via the newly built Uganda Railway to Kenya. White settlers were encouraged to plant and Nairobi became a coffee growing area with Mombasa as the major port.

 

If you’re not signed up for the Ka`anapali Fresh Farm Tour see the link at Ka`anapaliFresh. We’ll be making several stops in the various fields at Ka`anapali Coffee Estate, tasting coffee cherries, meeting the man who made it possible, James “Kimo” Falconer, filming, photographing, then passing through the coffee mill for an overview of the processing from cherries being washed, pulped, dried, sorted and prepared for
export in 100 lb. bags of green beans. If you miss our tour you can visit the Farmers Market 7-11 at The Whalers Village in Ka`anapali.

 

It’s going to be a beautiful, agricultural morning, from seed to cup and we’ll be having wonderful light refreshments ¬†at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store where guests will be exploring the historical smoke stack, the original sugar cane train, photos of the old Pioneer Mill, sampling MauiGrown Coffee on the Lanai and viewing the story of coffee inside where they can purchase and ship green, roasted, whole beans and ground 100 % MauiGrown coffee.

 

It’s so exciting to be a part of history in the making. I look forward to seeing you and sharing Ka`anapali’s Agricultural Beauty.

 

~ Marilyn

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MauiGrown Coffee Kaanapali Roast

Getting ready to share Kaanapali’s Agricultural Beauty at #KFreshMaui on Saturday, September 1, 2012 9-Noon

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We’re hosting the Farm tour for 50 people, mostly media persons who have come to write about the Ka’anapali Fresh Culinary Event.
James “Kimo” Falconer is responsible for resurrecting the farm and establishing the brand “MauiGrown Coffee” in 2003. He’ll be on the farm to meet everyone on the tour.

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Can’t wait to get Into the field and see the coffee trees ripe for harvest. We’ll be sampling coffee cherries in the Maui Mokka section of the Kaanapali Coffee Estates. Maui Mokka is gaining world wide recognition.

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These are coffees packaged and ready to ship at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store in Lahaina by the famous Old Pioneer Mill Smokestack.

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There are four types of coffee grown on the 500 acre coffee estate. Red Catuai, Yellow Caturra, Typica and Mokka.

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The tour is nearly sold out and we’re thrilled to be a part of Kaanapali Fresh a Culinary Event. It’s all about the culture, food, farms and coffee. After touring the Coffee Estates and climbing up to the viewing platform for photos overlooking all of Kaanapali we’ll head to the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store to get an overview of the mill where the coffee is processed, then sample coffees, shop, see the behind the scenes story of coffee and enjoy wonderful refreshments on the lanai and in the shade by the Old Pioneer Sugar Mill landmark. Sitting there you feel a touch of old Maui. It’s really nice…

 

Hope to see you in Ka’anapali…

 

808 283-9131
808 280-1621

 

Marilyn Jansen Lopes
http://Mauicountryfarmtours.com